In all my life, I've never come across one because of the simple fact that They Don't Exist.
Or so I thought.
But I mean, how can I possibly deny what's sitting right in front of me, looking me dead in the eye. Also he's kind of adorable.
Still, I must be losing my sanity, there's no way any of this is real.
This day started out so normal, but now this is just too supernatural and sci fi-ish to be real.
Dragons are mythical creatures and as much as I always wanted them to be real, they're not....
Either that or my whole life has been a lie.
Which for some reason is now highly believable.
I don't know why, but I always felt like there's been secrets being kept from me all my life. So maybe this is one of them...
Regardless, this poor dragon looks lost.
"Hi little guy, I'm Arabella" I speak in a soft voice as I crouch down to pet the top of his head but before I can he licks my hand. "Heyy, that tickles" I say giggling. "Do you wanna be my friend, you wanna come home with me buddy?" I ask him and it feels like he understands what I'm saying because I could swear he nodded at me.
"Okay, I'm gonna put you in my bag, but don't move or make too much noise okay?" I say picking him up and delicately putting him into my bag.
"Okay... now what?" I whisper to myself still trying to process in my head how I just casually put a dragon in my bag that I'm not even completely sure is real.
I don't know, it's still kinda hard for me to wrap my head around all of this.
"Bells, what are you doing?" Melody asks me and I realize how far away I strayed from the rest of my friends. I wasn't too far but still, this probably looked weird.
"Sorry, I um.. I thought I lost something in the bushes, but I'm all good now" I say as I make my way back to them because all of my friends were looking at me with very concerned faces.
"Right, ok well clearly we're not gonna make it to class on time, I say we ditch" Fiona suggests and we all look at her like she just suggested we all jump off a bridge. "What?" She asks, clearly feeling uncomfortable with all the dirty looks.
"We're not ditching, it's the first day of school, we're gonna miss a lot of important information" Nolan says.
"Ehh that's pretty debatable but still, it's just not a good idea" I add and Melody nods in agreement.
"I guess." Sophie disputes. "I mean I highly doubt we'll be missing anything important but it's probably not a good look for our first day here, I mean it's one thing to be late for one class but like just to ditch the whole day. I mean don't get me wrong, any other time I'd be all for it 100% but not today Fi" Sophie tells Fiona.
"Yeah besides we can just blame us being late on us not knowing where we're going which is actually true. Trust me, one will care, it's our first day here and this school is huge" Jade argues.
She makes a very valid point.
"That's true Jade. Thanks for pointing that out" I acknowledge and she smiles at me.
So as we're all trying to hurry to 1st period, Sophie pulls me aside to talk.
"So you still haven't told me what happened on the bus earlier" Sophie reminds me. "And I figured since I spilled the beans about my secret.." I cut her off.
"You didn't exactly spill the beans.. I outed you, sorry for that by the way" I apologize. "Also it's not really a secret, honestly, I was just thinking about life I guess."
It was sincere statement but also kinda vague because I didn't really want to get into my thought process of overthinking high school and just everything for that matter.
I found it unnecessary and completely irrelevant at the moment.
"But now I actually do have a secret and I need you to promise me that you won't freak out because honestly I feel like you're the only person that I can really talk to about this" I divulged.
"Okay yeah sure, what's this big secret?" Sophie urges.
"No like seriously Soph, I need you to swear that no matter what, you're not gonna freak out or think that I'm crazy and please do not tell anyone else because like honestly I don't even kno..." she cuts me off before I can finish explaining.
"Dude, it's me you're talking to, you're best friend, obviously I'm not gonna tell anyone and I seriously don't know why you think I'm gonna freak out because there's really nothing you can tell me that I..." She immediately stopped talking because I opened my bag to show her the tiny little creature that I found. "What... what is that?!" She queried, her voice shaking with bewilderment.
"My.. new pet... Dragon?" I say with uncertainty and her eyes go wide.
"Since when?" She asks clearly still skeptical and I don't blame her.
"Since a couple minutes ago" I tell her and she gives me that look that says details now! "I found him in the bushes when we were outside and I mean the poor guy just looked so sad and lost and he was practically begging me to rescue him and he's just so cute and so I was like well why don't I just take him with me, I mean I couldn't just leave him there.." Sophie cuts me off before I could ramble on any longer.
"And why not? Bella you can't just pick up random dragons that you see in the bushes and carry them in your bag all day, what if somebody finds out?!" she asks.
"Well I'll make sure that they won't, just until I can take him home and.." she cuts me off again.
"You're gonna keep a dragon at your house?!" She grilled and I rolled my eyes.
"You said that you weren't gonna freak out but this kinda seems like you're freaking out" I say.
"Because this is insane!"She asserted. "I mean since when are dragons even real? Since never, this is ridiculous!" She exclaims.
"Well then I must be going crazy" I bicker.
"Okay well then I must be going crazy as well because clearly I see it too but I refuse to believe that we're both going crazy so clearly.." she pauses, "there's another reason explanation for this."
"And that is?" I question.
"Dragons are real and our whole life has been a lie." She proclaims.
"Okay then.." I say and then there was a moment of awkward silence.
"We're gonna end up locked up, in one of those insane asylums or some shit ya know" she says breaking the silence and we both laugh.
"You're ridiculous" I tell her.
"I'm ridiculous, says the girl trying to keep a dragon at her house, where are you gonna hide him?" She asks me.
"I... haven't figured that out yet" I admit and she shakes her head at me.
"I'll come over later and we can figure it out okay" she says making me smile.
"What would I do without you?" I ask rhetorically.
"You'd probably have a whole zoo full of dragons" she jokes and I roll my eyes.
"I hate you" I say walking off as I laugh.
"Hey wait up!" She calls out as she catches up with me. "Are we still in 1st period?" She asks and my eyes go wide remembering that we should've been in class ages ago.
"Oh shit!" I exclaimed.